It is with deep disappointment that we announce the cancellation of this year's Festival.
While the progress on COVID vaccines in our community is very promising, there is no telling when we can get back to "normal" life in whatever form that might take.
We tried - we really tried to put together a live music event for our Community. There is no way we could hold the Festival in the usual format at City Hall. So we worked with Bingemans who presented a creative idea for a COVID-safe, live music experience using their drive-in facility. It wasn't perfect but the format was allowed under some conditions. Unfortunately, drive-in events are not permitted under the current restrictions in the Province of Ontario which last until at least later in May.
At this point, we have run out of runway - there is just not enough time to put together a quality Festival. While we are very disappointed to make this decision, the safety of our Community, our volunteers and the artists always takes precedence.
We at the Sun Life UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival fully support our health care workers, medical experts and the decisions our leaders have made.
Thank you for the support you have provided to our Festival over the years. We could not put this Community event together without you.
The Board has once again turned our attention to our next Festival whenever that can be held.
Stay safe everyone.